Giuseppe Verrazano

by Jon Black

Alias: Giuseppe Verrazano



Died: October 6th1916

Where: Broome St

Cause: Shot

Killer: Tony Notaro

Giuseppe Verrazano was a gam­bler based in low­er Manhattan. He con­trolled sev­er­al gam­bling hous­es and was known to most of the large gangs in the area.

In 1916, the Morello gang, Giuseppe Verrazano, and the Navy St gang were involved with the killing of Joe DeMarco. Verizzano had worked with DeMarco and was intro­duced as the man who would be able to help kill him. 

Verrazano, who already had his own card games in Kenmare St, began to con­tem­plate open­ing a new gam­bling house, this news did not sit well with the Navy Street gang who began to plot his death. One day Verizzano spot­ted Lorenzo Liccari, from the Coney Island gang, sit­ting inside Frank Ferrara’s café on Grand Street. He began to sneak around the side of the café to kill Liccari, but he was spot­ted before he man­aged to shoot.

On October 6th 1916, Charles Giordano from Staten Island, a pol­i­cy man, saloon own­er and friend of the Neapolitans made plans for the killing of Verizzano. Alphonso Sgroia, Mike Notaro, Ralph Daniello and John Mancini trav­elled to Manhattan where Giordano locat­ed Verizzano in the Italian Gardens restau­rant in the Occidental Hotel, Broome Street. Sgroia and Notaro stood by the door shoot­ing into the estab­lish­ment. Verizzano was hit and killed. The Navy Street gun­men escaped, one into the Bowery and one into Broome Street.

Charles Giordano, the saloon keep­er from Tompkinsville S.I. was put on tri­al on April 27th, 1918, with plot­ting the killing of Verrazano.